The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A

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As we struggle through the long summer hiatus and await the return of The Mentalist this fall, let's relive some of our favorite - and not so favorite moments - from The Mentalist season 5. Read on for our latest TV Fanatic Report Card and grade the CBS drama below...

A Red John Lead

Best Episode: The Mentalist gave us a really solid season so picking one favorite episode was pretty darn difficult. But in the end I've got to go with the season finale, "Red John Rules." Between floating the idea that Red John is psychic, to breaking into Jane's memory box, the finale was filled with twists and turns. When Red John used an already deceased Lorelei Martins to tell Jane he'd predicted who would be on the final list of seven suspects, even before Jane came up with them, that really got my attention. Knowing that the serial killer will be killing a lot closer to home…let's just say I'm hooked on season 6 and it hasn't even begun.

Worst Episode: I can't say there was an episode that I really hated but "There Will Be Blood" was disappointing. I was a big fan of Lorelei Martins and it felt as though there was more story there to tell, so finding her as Red John's next victim may have been inevitable but was still a disheartening turn of events.

Most Improved Character: Wayne Rigsby. I've never been a big fan of Rigsby. Other than his arson investigative skills, he's always felt like the weakest member of the team.  With "Red Velvet Cupcakes" Wayne finally stepped up and told Grace how he really felt. I didn't even care that it was undercover. The words were honest enough to garner my respect and win back his one true love.

Most Disappointing Character: Grace Van Pelt…and only because she was either stuck behind a desk, or plant, or file box for most of the season and then shipped off to Los Angeles for training. I'm happy for actress Amanda Righetti and her new baby but I'll be thrilled to see Grace back full force next season.

Most Intriguing Return: JJ LaRoche. I had hoped we'd see more of this season and The Mentalist gave me my wish, culminating with "Red and Itchy." The fact that LaRoche not only worked with Patrick Jane but asked…no make that begged for his assistance to find his missing Tupperware made for a gratifying episode. The story behind what was in the mysterious container gave this already compelling character yet another curious layer.

Most Disappointing Return: Lorelei Martins. I was captivated by Lorelei from the beginning. She was the smart and seductive Red John disciple who had reason to turn on the psychotic madman. But watching her run around shooting at people and ditching Jane to go rogue was discouraging. Having Red John murder her may have been inevitable but it felt like a mediocre ending for such a unique character.

Hopes for Season 6:

  • More danger. I'd love to see Red John go after the core members of the CBI team. Not that I want to see anyone's blood drawn in a smiley face on the wall but I'd love to see how Patrick Jane deals with the people closest to him being in imminent peril.
  • With Red John playing head games with Patrick, it would be great to see Teresa step up her game. I'm hoping she's an integral part of keeping Jane on track and hunting down the serial killer.
  • Red John. I'd love to see him caught by the end of the season. As show creator Bruno Heller has mentioned, it will be interesting to see how Patrick Jane gets on with his life once Red John is no longer his focus. That said, at the very least I want to know who the maniacal serial killer is before the season ends.

Final Grade: A

How would YOU grade this season of The Mentalist?


C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Eh. I put it back. It's too precious and innocent not to enjoy. I love it. :-)


Whew @KM and @bonaduz, if people are reading that into it, I'm taking it down. Too late for what's already gone out. In a relationship. Yes, friends. Conscious. No. Don't see that. Does my hair look okay, Do I look nice. No. Don't see that. Staged, definitely don't see that. I see affection and delight and it's because of the physical manifestations, otherwise I wouldn't see it. I hear Simon try to get her attention by saying Oo-la-la from the doorway and when he doesn't get it, he says it again. He's teasing her in a sweet way, telling her she looks good. I see a wonderful affectionate hug between two friends, usually together for hours and days, who haven't seen each other in weeks. I hear Simon say I love you. I have no sense at all that they would be in a physical relationship. What's so great about it is that's NOT happening. I love Jane/Lisbon even I'm not at Baker/Tunney, so thanks for recognizing that. I think I hate tumblr sometimes.


Well, here we go!
@Absolute55 thank you for the SB/RT moment. Agree with @KM here. Two very good friends sharing a lovely moment together. I watched 'Margin call' again today. Simon is great as a 'bad' guy! Slick, intelligent, ruthless, calculating.... love it!


Hi all!
held for moderation again! Arrrggg..... I didn't post anything for days, so why???


Saw it, Entwife. I just don't agree she is playing with her hair consciously, her hands over her heart area and she is leaning back while giggling. I see surprise and childlike glee. Not "do I look okay" or "does my hair look nice". And FWIW my better half's opinion is that your interpretation is reading a lot into it. Of course snap shots and sound bites both fall prey to any interpretation people want to make with them, so I'm wary of separating the parts from the whole. They are misleading when out of context. Plus, and I'm not referring to you at all, but there are people using this as evidence that they are in a relationship which is hurtful to his family and her fiancé. Taking her gestures to mean more. Just like there are people saying that the whole thing is staged. Both interpretations turn my stomach. Both interpretations are taking a very human moment between two friends, one whose birthday is within days, and turning it into something ugly.


@KM I put together a photoset on my tumblr that shows what I'm talking about. It's certainly not a Bob Kirkland fluff. You can see what you think when you get a chance. I love that video. The translation underneath says Simon tells her how are you at the end of his hug. But I'm pretty sure he says I love you. It's just so entirely sweet.


Ani, I believe Jane can move on if RJ is allowed to just disappear. He will get enough revenge for that, just as in real life some justice is achieved, tho evil continues to exist. I expect that events will show that the RJ who killed his family really was Timothy Carter acting as an RJ surrogate, just as killers in real life represent the evil that constantly mixes with the good in everyone's life. RJ is symbolic, so, while he is presented as a real person, justice is served every time one of his surrogates is killed. The whole TM plot points to this kind of philosophical foundation that requires a dual ending - killers are hunted and brought down while evil itself goes on. I just can't see a standard crime drama shootout as a proper ending for TM. It has to give us something deeper that leaves us thinking for a long time after.


I don't know how it will play out, but IMHO the source of all this evil - the mindless killings (mostly of women), the brainwashed minions who willingly kill and die for - what? someone who hands them a lot of mystical mumbo-jumbo and promises to show them "the world as they've never seen it before", the lust for power for its own sake - is Visualize. Visualize is where the serial killer was nurtured, where Red John was allowed to thrive, where evil secrets and criminal activity could be safely kept immune from investigation behind a facade of smiling, smarmy, do-gooder claptrap. No wonder the RJ symbol is a face smiling out from a bloody foundation. I want to see the Visualize empire brought down and its RJ leaders, RJ killers and RJ charlatans destroyed. Won't happen, of course (tho maybe just enough for a satisfying TM wrapup). Doesn't happen in real life similaritiies either. It's the way the world is, as Jane said.


If you really think about it, if they don't kill Red John, Jane will never find redemption. He will never believe in anything good because evil will have triumphed over good. Now that I think about it, they have to produce a body and they have to kill it. Nothing can move forward if they don't. Jane won't move on, how could he?


I want Cho to drop, pop and lock him.

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